Glenn Kinsman

Glenn Kinsman

Glenn Kinsman

Sept. 11, 1924 – Feb. 19, 2020

Frank Glenn Kinsman was born Sept. 11, 1924, at his home near Edison, in Furnas County, Nebraska, to Fred Joshua and Hattie Marie (Durst) Kinsman, the first of two children. He passed away the day of his wife’s funeral on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Fairview Manor in Fairmont at the age of 95.

As a young boy, “Glenn,” as he was affectionately known, attended school in Oxford and graduated from Oxford High School with the class of 1942. Following high school, he assisted his father with the farm work and in 1944, during World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1946. When Glenn was discharged from the service, he returned to the farm.

On May 18, 1951, he was united in marriage to Marguerite J. “Peg” Crawford and they moved to Friend. To this union a daughter, Glenda and two sons, Mark and Lee, were born. They purchased the Dairy Queen Drive In and changed the name to Daisy Queen which they continued to operate for 38 years, retiring in 1989. In addition to operating the Daisy Queen business, Glenn also drove a school bus for the Friend Public School District for 25 years.

Glenn was an active supporter of the city as a member of the Jaycees, the Friend Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion #183 and the United Methodist Church. He served on the board of the Friend Recreation Association when the new golf course was designed and built and remained a member and active golfer for many years, even shooting three holes-in-one. Glenn was a member of the planning committee that built Friendship Terrace and continued to serve on the board for several years. He was also a member of the City Library Board of Directors. In his spare time, in addition to golf, he loved to bowl.

Glenn is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Dean Griess of Sutton; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Julie Kinsman of Peoria, Arizona, and Lee and Regina Kinsman of Crocker, Missouri; five grandchildren and their spouses, Chandra and J.R. Muske of Hastings, Ryan and Katie Griess of Sutton, and Ginny and Erik Van Duyn, Amy Kinsman and Jacob Kinsman, all of Peoria, Arizona; six great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry and Nancy Crawford of Stafford, Virginia, and Jay Dee and Kathe Crawford of Omaha; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Peg on Feb. 12, 2020; brother and sister-in-law, Art and Marvis Kinsman; and a granddaughter, Erin Michelle Kinsman.

A funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the Friend United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Paixao Baptista officiating. Interment was in Andrew Cemetery in Friend, with military services conducted by the Friend American Legion. Pallbearers were Ryan Griess, J.R. Muske, Kurt Kinsman, Dave Ehly, Jim Moore and Loren Huber. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Styskal, Orville Himmelberg, Leo Stokes and Roy Horner. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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